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November 30, 2010

How to apply texture drywall: the Spanish drag technique

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Drywall is a very versatile walling option. Drywall is made of gypsum, and gypsum can be ground down to a powder and mixed with water to form a plaster. This gypsum plaster can then be moulded into pretty much any form your specific needs might require. When the plaster dries, it regains its old solid properties. The variety if finishes and texture drywall you can apply is also very exciting. There are options ranging from normal plaster finish, to varnish, wallpaper and paint (which holds a mass of possibilities itself).

Depending on what finish you apply, and how you apply it, there are almost no limitations to what you can do creatively. Painting finishes, for example, can be applied by using brush, rollers, trowels or even airbrush. Each type of applier will result in a different type of finish, and you could even experiment with combining different types of applicators. Regardless of what type of finish you choose for your drywall, remember to prepare the wall before beginning application. The wall should be clean and dry before you begin to texture drywall.

A rather stylish texture drywall finish is the Spanish Drag. This effect is a combination of applicator mediums, as you use both a trowel and air compressed spray. This texture sprayer is used to set the first layer of texture on the drywall. Make sure that the finish has dried properly before applying the next layer, which will be with the trowel. It should be mentioned that the textured paint is made by combining the paint of your choice with drywall adhesive (also called mud). If you dont want to take forever, you should use as big a trowel as you can find. Now simply apply the textured paint in a big swath – it should have something of a rocky road effect.

Another finish that is closely related the Spanish Drag texture drywall, is the so called “orange peel” effect. This texture is also achieved in a similar fashion. First a layer of texture is applied with the compressed spray. Now textured paint is applied, but this time also by being sprayed. Applying multiple layers, while the previous ones are still wet, results in a texture drywall known as orange peel. With a bit of creativity you can create almost any texture drywall effect you could think of.

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